13th June, 2013
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Gombe State said it arrested 32 drug suspects with 13 kilogrammes of hard drugs between April and May 2013.
Mr Aliyu Adole, NDLEA Commandant, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Wednesday.
Adole said 15 of the suspects were convicted, adding that his command at the moment had nine pending cases at the Federal High Court.
He said the remaining suspects were at the rehabilitation unit of the agency.
“We have actually intercepted 32 suspects, 15 have been convicted out of them and 13 kg of hard drugs, were recovered from them.
“We hope that by the end of the day, the court will be able to give us a successful prosecution,” he said.
He warned members of the public against taking drugs without doctor’s prescription, adding that whoever was found doing so would be arrested and made to face the law.
According to him, as part of efforts to reduce such acts in the state, the agency has embarked on public enlightenment campaigns in some villages and local government areas on the dangers of taking hard drugs.
He added that they were also liaising with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) secretariat to expand the scope of the campaigns.